Communicating in an Economic Crisis: Insights from Vincent Covello

Presented by Toll Fellow Program
Saturday, May 22
2:30-4 p.m.
Westside Ballroom 1 & 2, 5th Floor
In his 25–year career, Vincent Covello has served both as a senior White House staffer and communications adviser to Mayor Rudolph Giuliani. Covello, the founder of the Center for Risk Communications, will share practical techniques for informing and reassuring constituents in the height of a crisis.
Keynote: Vincent Covello, Ph.D.
Center for Risk Communications
Dr. Vincent Covello is the founder and director of the Center for Risk Communication. A leading expert in the field of crisis communications, Covello served as risk communication consultant for former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and helped craft some of the scripted remarks given by the mayor on Sept. 11, 2001. He also helped former British Prime Minister Tony Blair respond to the 2005 London bombings.
Over the past 25 years, Covello has held numerous positions in academia and government, including associate professor of Environmental Sciences and Clinical Medicine at Columbia University. Prior to joining the faculty at Columbia, Covello was a senior scientist at the White House Council on Environmental Quality in Washington, D.C., a study director at the National Research Council/National Academy of Sciences and the director of the Risk Assessment Program at the National Science Foundation.

Covello received his doctorate from Columbia University and his bachelor’s degree with honors and master’s degree from Cambridge University in England. He is on the editorial board of several journals and is the past president of the Society for Risk Analysis, a professional association with more than 2,500 members. Covello has authored or edited more than 25 books and more than 75 published articles on risk assessment, management and communication. Covello is also the lead risk and crisis communication consultant to the United Nations World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.